“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Additional information on our national theme Care for our Common Home.

Gisela Montague our provincial president sent me the following information on our national theme. “The focus is still on water; the second year is geared to aboard. So, the League will partner with Catholic Near East Welfare Association CNEWA to support Pieta Bhavan (House of Mercy) with a drinking water well. Pieta Bhavan, a home for women with intellectual disabilities is in Kerala, India.” This would be a wonderful way for councils to fulfill the second corporal work of mercy, “To give drink to the thirsty.”

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

The spiritual growth of its members. The first objective in goal number one of the new strategic plan is to increase opportunities for spiritual development. A novel way to do this is a Catholic book club.  Visit Spiritual/Catholic Book Club for the details.

Study of Catholic Teachings.

Our national SD chairperson Shari Guinta is encouraging parish councils to read the new CCCB document “Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation.”  She further recommends that parish councils invite a knowledgeable speaker on the topic to one of their meetings, prepare a prayer for sexual abuse victims and ask your spiritual advisors if they are aware of a program to welcome back sexual abuse victims to the church.

Role of Women in Church

Each parish councils should honor their deceased members by having a necrology Mass during November.

Evangelization and Mission Assistance

One of the best ways to evangelize is to share your personal faith story. It is a powerful testimony!  Using religious Christmas cards, stamps and “Keep Christ in Christmas” magnetic car signs are a simple but effective way to evangelize. Did you know in 2020 Catholic Missions in Canada will be directing our voluntary fund monies towards rebuilding 3 churches at Ahousat and Telegraph Creek in BC and Attawapiskat in Ontario.

Lay Ministries

“The strength of League ministry can be measured in proportion to the depth of members spirituality” According to last years annual reports, Eucharistic ministers was the top ministry among League members. A ministry that has helped many women grow closer to God is the music ministry namely because those who sing pray twice.

Ecumenism and Interfaith encounters

In goal 2 of the new strategic plan one of the objectives is to “increase collaboration with faith organizations and government.”  Participating in Christian Unity Week and the World Day of Prayer are two very good ways of accomplishing this task. The week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18th to January 25, 2020. The World Day of Prayer is March 6, 2020 and the host country is Zimbabwe. Both these events have good thorough information on their websites.

Reminders

  • Diocesan Spiritual Development reports are due to me on February 14th.
  • Many councils will soon be having elections. Pray that every council in BC and the Yukon Territory will elect a Chairperson of Spiritual Development.

Stephen R. Covey in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” said, “high tech without high touch doesn’t work and the more influential technology becomes the more important the human factor.”

Advent

Don’t forget to journey through Advent with a special daily prayer time and an Advent wreath. A good spiritual Advent program for councils is in CWL PRAYS, (p.13) called “Light of the World”

God bless each and everyone of you.  I pray for all Catholic Women’s League members in BC/Yukon everyday. May God shower His richest blessings on you and your families during the holy season of Christmas.

Catherine L’Heureux
BC & Yukon Provincial Council
Chairperson of Spiritual Development